Free skin cancer screenings offered to the public as warm weather approaches
Indianapolis, IN---In order to help consumers determine their risk of skin cancer, Community Regional Cancer Care, part of Community Health Network, will offer free skin cancer screenings in conjunction with the American Cancer Society and dermatologists certified by the American Academy of Dermatology. The screenings will be conducted by appointment only, by calling 800-777-7775.
Cancer screenings will take place on the following dates in May:
May 13, 2014
5 to 6:30 p.m.
Community Regional Cancer Care-North
7229 Clearvista Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46256
May 20, 2014
5 to 6:30 p.m.
Community Regional Cancer Care- East
Radiation Oncology Department
1500 North Ritter Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46219
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. More than 2 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are found in this country each year; melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for more than 76,000 cases of skin cancer in 2014. The ACS recommends a cancer related checkup by a physician, including skin examination, for people ages 20 or older.
Health experts recommend the following tips for preventing skin cancer:
- Limit or avoid exposure to the sun during midday hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Wear a hat that shades the face, neck and ears when outdoors
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect skin from the sun
- Wear sunglasses to protect the skin around the eyes
- Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher
About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need themin hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes. As a non-profit health system with over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community’s full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services. To learn more, visit eCommunity.com or call 800-777-7775.